When Timothy Dolan danced with the Cosmo queen

How’s this for a picture worth a thousand words? The story behind it: It was Oct. 20, 2010, about eight months after Ms. Brown’s husband of 51 years, David Brown, had died. Ms. Brown, who died on Monday at age 90, had donated $1 million to the Cardinal Hayes foundation, endowing a slew of student scholarships and [Read More...]

“We can create here the most significant Catholic cultural center in the world outside the Vatican”

That’s one bishop’s assessment of Orange County’s Crystal Cathedral — a.k.a. Christ Cathedral — after taking a tour yesterday. Details:   A group of Catholic leaders from around the world toured Wednesday the future largest Catholic cathedral in the United States: Christ Cathedral. They saw possibilities everywhere. There’s the vast infrastructure set up to televise the world-wide [Read More...]

On Al Smith Dinner: “It is not a religious event in any way…it is a civic event”

The blog for the Archdiocese of New York has published a response to the controversy surrounding Cardinal Dolan’s invitation to President Obama for the Al Smith Dinner. From blogger Ed Mechman:  The Al Smith Dinner is organized and hosted by the Alfred E. Smith Foundation, which is closely affiliated with but independent of the Archdiocese [Read More...]

Meeting His Beatitude

Another visitor from the East popped into our office today: Major Archbishop Baselios Mar Cleemis of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in India. Lovely man. Awesome beard, too. [Read more...]

U.S. bishops: “We mourn with our Sikh brothers and sisters”

Details, from Vatican Radio:  The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs expressed the bishops’ prayerful solidarity with the Sikh community in the United States following the August 5 shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. “In this time of grief, we Catholics mourn with our Sikh brothers and sisters,” said [Read More...]

In San Francisco, an ecclesial earthquake

Details from Whispers:  Depending on how one looks at things, this Friday morning brings either the most courageously bold — or stunningly brazen — American appointment in the seven-year reign of Pope Benedict XVI. For the better part of the last four months, the machinery of the archdiocese that — at least, under normal circumstances — many [Read More...]

SSPX leader: “We cannot keep silent…”

Bishop Bernard Fellay gave an interview that was published on the society’s website.  Details, via CNS: The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said he would inform the Vatican soon on the society’s official position on Vatican efforts to bring the group back into full communion with the church. The response will [Read More...]

A beautiful day in Brooklyn: we have two new bishops

I didn’t have the best seat, but at least I had a seat, and captured on camera a few moments from the episcopal ordinations of Raymond Chappetto and Paul Sanchez as the newest auxiliary bishops of Brooklyn. Lining up outside Our Lady of Angels Parish in Bay Ridge, I saw a lot of Knights of [Read More...]

“The most thankless job in Christendom” — UPDATED

That would be … being a bishop. As fate would have it, I’m attending the ordination of two of them tomorrow (including one who is my new pastor), so Joanne McPortland’s plaintive post couldn’t be more timely: Which Catholic job would I least want to have? Head of the Vatican Bank? President of the LCWR? [Read More...]

Assault on religious freedom in U.S.: “Unbloody but far-reaching”

A succinct reminder of what’s going on these days, from Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB: Look in the United States, where freedom of religion is guaranteed by the First Amendment’s free exercise clause, and you see a sophisticated type of assault.  It is unbloody, but far-reaching.  Ironically, the assaults are not from some guerilla group [Read More...]


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